Qadree Ollison

Qadree Ollison

Running Back #30
Team: Atlanta Falcons
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 228 lb.
College:Pittsburgh
Age:23
Born:September 8, 1996
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 5 (152)
Draft Team:ATL

Qadree Ollison: Team-high four rush TDs in 2019

Ollison ran for 50 yards on 22 rush attempts and scored four rushing touchdowns during his rookie season out of Pittsburgh.

Analysis: The 2019 fifth-round draft choice played more than 20 percent of Atlanta's offensive snaps in one game all season, while collecting just 2.8 carries per game across eight appearances. Ollison's 2.3 yards-per-carry average is a discouraging sign, but he was able to come through four goal-line touchdown runs on the year, proving capable of bowling through defenders in key situations. Looking forward to 2020, he is expected to serve as a backup option to Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith (concussion).

January 1, 2020 5:08 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Yet another rushing TD Week 16

Ollison registered a three-yard rushing touchdown on his lone carry during Sunday's 24-12 win against the Jaguars.

Analysis: The rookie Ollison continues to be a goal-line vulture, now having accumulated four rushing TDs on just 18 career carries. His 2.3 yards-per-carry clip has been less than optimal, but that low average is largely attributable to Ollison being deployed against stacked boxes as a primary short-yardage option for Atlanta. Ollison may find difficulty breaking into the end zone again in the season finale, with Atlanta taking on a Buccaneers defense that has allowed just eight rushing scores all year to opposing RBs.

December 22, 2019 3:25 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Notches third career TD

Ollison tallied a one-yard touchdown run on his only carry during Sunday's 29-22 win against San Francisco.

Analysis: The rookie out of Pittsburgh capitalized on his lone offensive touch Week 15, plunging across the pylon from a yard out to cut the 49ers' lead to 19-17 with 5:15 to go in the fourth quarter. Ollison now has three touchdowns since garnering his first NFL carry Week 11 against Carolina, though his 2.2 yards-per-carry average has been underwhelming in the early going. Even taking into account his limited offensive workload, Ollison has a strong chance of cracking the end zone again Week 16, taking on a Jaguars defense that ranks tied for 22nd in red-zone scoring attempts allowed per game (3.4) and 31st in rushing TDs allowed per game (1.4).

December 16, 2019 9:25 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Carries four times in win

Ollison ran four times for six yards during Sunday's 40-20 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: Ollison returned to offensive action Sunday after being relegated to special-teams duty in Week 13. Ollison has recorded carries in three of his last four games and scored in the first two, not bad for a RB4. He holds some value as a touchdown vulture, but the potential risk is not worth the reward, even Sunday against a 49ers defense that, while tops in the league against the pass, surrenders 4.6 yards per opponent carry, 24th in the league.

December 10, 2019 8:46 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Scores for second straight week

Ollison registered 20 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, and hauled in his only target for seven yards during Sunday's 35-22 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: The rookie back out of Pittsburgh has demonstrated a nose for the end zone through the early portion of his professional career, scoring on his very first NFL carry last week against Carolina, and punching in another from a yard out Sunday against Tampa Bay to provide him with two TDs on 12 total rush attempts. With Brian Hill managing only 1.8 yards per carry in his two-game audition as the starter and Devonta Freeman (foot) potentially facing his third straight absence, Ollison could transition into a more prominent role Thanksgiving Night when the Falcons take on a Saints defense that contained Christian McCaffrey to fewer than 3.0 YPC in Week 12.

November 24, 2019 6:22 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Tallies first career TD

Ollison ran for 11 yards and a touchdown on four carries during Sunday's 29-3 win against the Panthers.

Analysis: The rookie back dressed for the first time last week during Atlanta's upset of New Orleans, but did not receive an offensive snap until the Falcons' road trip to Charlotte. Ollison toted just under 20 percent of the team's running back carries, and most notably tallied his first career touchdown in a regular-season game. If Devonta Freeman (foot) is forced to sit out again in Week 12, Ollison will continue to serve as a complementary option to Brian Hill in a matchup against a Buccaneers defense that has contained opponents to a meager 3.5 yards per carry this season.

November 17, 2019 7:40 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Slated to have role in game plan

Coach Dan Quinn said that Ollison "will definitely take on more of a role" in Sunday's game against the Panthers with top running back Devonta Freeman (knee) ruled out for the contest, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The fifth-round pick out of Pittsburgh has been on the Atlanta roster all season, but he was a healthy inactive through the first eight games before filling purely a special-teams role in his NFL debut in last weekend's upset win in New Orleans. With Freeman sidelined for at least one game, however, Ollison should get his first snaps on offense, though both the rookie and veteran Kenjon Barner will rank as clear depth options behind Brian Hill. Thanks in part to Freeman's early exit versus the Saints, Hill picked up a season-high 40 offensive snaps, while Barner played 11.

November 15, 2019 9:53 AM EST

Qadree Ollison: Remains healthy scratch

Ollison (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 5 tilt against the Texans.

Analysis: The rookie will continue to wait on his NFL debut despite the fact fellow running back Kenjon Barner (concussion) is out for a second consecutive week. Brian Hill will continue backing up the top backfield duo of Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith.

October 6, 2019 9:13 AM EST

Qadree Ollison: Healthy scratch again

Ollison (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Titans.

Analysis: With Kenjon Barner out due to a concussion, a spot was open on the Falcons' game-day roster, but Brian Hill and not Ollison will serve as the third available running back behind Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith. Ollison thus will have to wait another week for his potential NFL debut.

September 29, 2019 8:48 AM EST

Qadree Ollison: Could be active Week 4

Coach Dan Quinn said Friday that one of Ollison or Brian Hill will be active versus the Titans on Sunday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Ollison didn't receive as many practice reps as Hill this week, but the rookie fifth-round pick appears to have a chance of making his NFL debut Sunday. His opportunity comes with Kenjon Barner (concussion) ruled out. Of course, whichever of Ollison or Hill does suit up Sunday will likely be limited to a depth role behind Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith.

September 27, 2019 10:09 AM EST

Qadree Ollison: Receives key practice reps

Ollison worked with the starting running back rotation during Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Ollison has been inactive for each of Atlanta's games this season, but he's now facing opportunity with Ito Smith (concussion) and Kenjon Barner (concussion/knee) both managing injuries. Depending on the health of the Falcons' running back group Week 4, Ollison and Brian Hill could be active and serve as the top backups to Devonta Freeman.

September 25, 2019 2:24 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Inactive in Week 3

Ollison (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 3 tilt against the Colts.

Analysis: The reserve running back will take a seat for the third time in as many games to open the season. Devonta Freeman has generated career-low efficiency over the first two games of 2019 while averaging 2.2 yards per carry, but coach Dan Quinn apparently is content with Freeman, Ito Smith and return specialist Kenjon Barner constituting his backfield for at least another week.

September 22, 2019 8:58 AM EST

Qadree Ollison: Sitting again Sunday

Ollison (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: For the second week in a row, Ollison and Brian Hill will be healthy scratches. The Falcons' backfield remains the domain of Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith, while Kenjon Barner takes on a special teams role.

September 15, 2019 3:57 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Held out Week 1

Ollison (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game in Minnesota.

Analysis: A 2019 fifth-round pick, Ollison got a lot of run during the preseason and made the 53-man roster on cut-down day. That said, he'll be part of the squeeze to get to 46 players for Week 1. With Ollison and Brian Hill on the inactive list, the Falcons backfield will be handled by Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith while Kenjon Barner pitches in on special teams.

September 8, 2019 8:42 AM EST

Qadree Ollison: Wraps up strong preseason campaign

Ollison ran for 51 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, adding two receptions for 13 yards during Thursday's 31-12 preseason win against the Jaguars.

Analysis: The 6-foot-1, 230-pound bulldozer finished tied with Tony Brooks-James for a team-high 180 rushing yards this preseason, and projects to be on the roster bubble for the upcoming Aug. 31 cut-down date. Ollison logged just one reception for three yards during the exhibition slate, but his 3.67 yards per carry rate holds up to those of Ito Smith (2.88) and Brian Hll (3.67), while his powerful running style could prove to be an asset for Atlanta's goal-line offense, if granted the opportunity.

August 29, 2019 8:45 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Leads Falcons RBs in touches

Ollison rushed for 42 yards on 12 attempts, and fumbled once during Thursday's 19-7 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Ollison had double the offensive touches of any other Falcons back, and tied Derrius Guice for the most at the position for either squad. He coughed up the rock on Atlanta's second-to-last offensive drive of the night, but teammate Olamide Zaccheaus tracked down Redskins defensive back Ashton Lampkin and stripped the ball out to force a touchback and retain possession for Atlanta. Despite the blunder, Ollison has been impressive throughout preseason play by leading Falcons backs in rushing for three straight games.

August 23, 2019 5:25 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Plays well against Jets

Ollison rushed nine times for a game-high 44 yards and failed to catch either of his two targets during Thursday's 22-10 loss to the Jets in Week 2 of preseason.

Analysis: Ollison got the biggest workload of any Falcons running back and made the most of it, showing why he remains the favorite to secure the third spot on Atlanta's depth chart over Brian Hill. Hill managed just 12 yards on four carries in this one, but Ollison isn't out of the woods yet with two more weeks left in preseason.

August 15, 2019 8:45 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Rebounds in second preseason outing

Ollison picked up 41 rushing yards and a touchdown on eight carries during Thursday's 34-27 loss to Miami.

Analysis: Ollison got his name back in the mix for Atlanta's No. 2 running back job with a strong performance against Miami, taking advantage of a matchup with the NFL's 31st-ranked rush defense from a season ago. To become a more balanced, every-down back he will strive to improve upon his elusiveness and agility, but as currently constructed, the big-bodied Ollison is an interesting fit for Dirk Koetter's offensive scheme. Ito Smith has not received the requisite number of touches this preseason (eight total) to get an updated fantasy appraisal, but Ollison is doing what he can to build a case for himself as the potential No. 2, if not at least the No. 3 guy.

August 8, 2019 11:11 PM EST

Qadree Ollison: Struggles for running room in debut

Ollison rushed six times for two yards and brought in one of two targets for three yards in the Falcons' 14-10 preseason loss to the Broncos on Thursday.

Analysis: Ollison logged the second-most carries behind Brian Hill, but he did next to nothing with them. While the former Pitt Panther gained four yards on one of his rushes, he netted minus-2 on his other five totes. Ollison is battling Hill, Ito Smith and Kenjon Barner for a backup job behind Devonta Freeman, but his first on-field audition didn't exactly qualify as a ringing endorsement.

August 1, 2019 8:55 PM EST

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